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Sugar House Gets Playboy Nod, Shinola Finds Food

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CORKTOWN Sugar House, the Corktown cocktail lounge with a rather thick menu, has caught the attention of some of the publishing world's most established drinkers. Playboy Magazine — yes, that Playboy — has included Sugar House in its annual list of the Best Bars in the Country. Many of the other 19 are Speakeasy-type saloons in larger cities, but Sugar House gets the editors' approval for their "masterpiece" of a menu." [Playboy]

GREEKTOWN — There might be more to the unexpected June 21 closing of the downtown Cheesecake restaurant, the Cheesecake Bistro. Signs on the door suggest new ownership and renovation, but Crain's Detroit Business' Nathan Skid writes that conflict among the various owners and business representatives may have lead to the restaurant's demise. [Crain's Detroit Business]

RUSSELL WOODS — Some kids at the Diehl Boys & Girls Club got a taste of Disney celebrity this afternoon when Alexandria DeBerry from the Disney Channel's show "A.N.T. Farm" stepped in to serve lunch as part of the Gleaners' Hunger Free Summer campaign. The Diehl Boys & Girls Club is one of 60 sites in the city serving food to hungry kids during the summer months. [Freep]

MIDTOWN — Friday's grand-opening celebration for the flagship store of Midtown's Shinola watch and bike making company will include guest appearances by raw juice producers Drought and local beer company Motor City Brewing Works. The public celebration for the store runs from 1 to 4 p.m. this Friday. [MLive]